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from the editor. • It Is Time to Rethink Productivity
The Parent Trap • Stranded by the pandemic, working parents are receiving little help from their employers. It’s time for corporate America to find its voice.
CRISIS POINT • The pandemic has taken a toll on working mothers at every level. Here’s a look.
More Than Cosmetic • Sephora committed to devoting 15% of its shelf space to Black-owned brands. Now comes the hard part: actually doing it.
TIPPING POINTS • How some companies are striving to meet the 15 Percent Pledge
Skiing on Algae • These high-performance backcountry skis replace carbon-intensive petroleum with algae oil.
SCALING UP WITH MICROALGAE • Here are three key steps Checkerspot scientists follow to derive suitable polyols (oils) from algae.
Smart Farming: The Growing Role of Precision Agriculture and Biotech • EFFICIENCY AND SUSTAINABILITY GO HAND-IN-HAND, WITH AN ADDED BONUS: FARMERS IMPROVE CROP YIELDS
Still Speaking Out • Activist, author, and lawyer Ady Barkan is fighting for progressive policies while battling ALS.
ACTIVIST EVOLUTION • Key moments from Barkan’s career
King of the Drive-Through • As fast-food restaurants compete for customers, Burger King goes all in on takeout.
Prime Numbers • In the COVID era, it’s all about delivery—and Target, Walmart, and others are coming for Amazon’s share of the market.
Monochrome Marvel • The slick and minimalist new Xbox Series S marries form and functionality.
What to Stream • Jessica Lessin, founder and editor-in-chief, The Information
Music for Every Moment • Babba Rivera, founder,Ceremonia
my operating system. • The founder and CEO of Pattern Beauty and Black-ish star takes our career questionnaire.
FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS
My Daily Media Diet • Tata Harper, cofounder and co-CEO, Tata Harper
A NEW BASELINE • WHETHER SHE WINS THAT 24TH GRAND SLAM SINGLES TITLE OR NOT, TENNIS STAR AND VENTURE INVESTOR SERENA WILLIAMS IS WORKING TIRELESSLY TO KEEP HER CAREER IN PLAY.
HOW SERENA WILLIAMS INVESTS HER TIME • A LOOK AT HER WIDE-RANGING (NON-TENNIS) PURSUITS
“I’ VE SPENT ABOUT TWO AND A HALF MONTHS IN QUARANTINE”.
15 BEST PRODUCTIVITY APPS
“EVERY INDIVIDUAL ON THE TEAM IS IMPORTANT, REGARDLESS OF WHAT TIME ZONE THEY’RE IN.’’
“I BASICALLY HAD A MIDLIFE CRISIS.”
COWORK WITH SOMEONE WHO’S NOT A COWORKER
“I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE IF A BARISTA IS MAKING COFFEE, I SHOULD BE DOING SOMETHING.”
“THE MORE STRESSED OUT I AM, THE BETTER WE DO ON THE RACETRACK.”
PRODUCTIVITY SURVEY: PANDEMIC EDITION • WHAT WORKING FROM HOME REALLY LOOKS LIKE
“SCIENCE IS NOT A JOB. IT’S SOMEWHERE BETWEEN A HOBBY AND A PASSION.”
“WE COMMUNICATE A LOT.”
MANAGE A TEAM ACROSS TIME ZONES
CLOSE A DEAL REMOTELY
“I DON’T TALK ABOUT WORK WHEN I’M AT HOME, PERIOD.”
“I CAN REPORT FROM MY BACKYARD WITH MY FEET IN A BABY SWIMMING POOL.”
_GATES VERSUS THE PANDEMIC • WITHOUT THE EFFORTS OF THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION, THE COVID-19 CRISIS WOULD ALMOST CERTAINLY BE WORSE. BUT ITS EXTENSIVE ROLE RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW MUCH WE RELY ON PHILANTHROPY.
_GATES VERSUS THE INFODEMIC • THE CONSPIRACY THEORIES SURROUNDING BILL GATES AND THE GATES FOUNDATION’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE PANDEMIC RESPONSE ARE NOT...